WHO WE ARE
Red Star Brands was created to be a brave and ambitious champion for disruptive brands in the UK. We partner with those who challenge consumer perceptions and industry norms; those whom no longer accept the status quo of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to distribution and brand building.
Together, we are creating a new future for international brands in the UK guided by our values and fuelled by a talented and passionate team. Our values shape us, from how we operate, to how we build relationships; and we have a record of creating sustainable platforms for iconic brands, including;
Starbucks, Califia, Sparkling Ice, The GUTsy Captain, Four Loko & Beer Lao
SUPPLY CHAIN ASSISTANT
|REPORTING TO||Supply Chain Manager|
|LOCATION||Belfast, Northern Ireland (12-month Maternity Cover)|
|Want to submit an application? Please forward your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Roles & Responsibilities:
· Working with the Supply Chain Manager to manage the 3PL relationship, including:
Identifying & delivering efficiencies in the Supply Chain (order patterns, consolidation etc)
Monthly/Quarterly service level delivery reporting (3PL to key customers)
Day to day contact for all operational Supply Chain issues (outbound to customers).
· Key point of contact for all retail multiples and other key customers for Customer Service and Supply Chain issues. This includes:
Dealing with all Customer Service and Supply Chain queries.
Analysis and resolution of issues.
Ensuring order accuracy, reporting consistently on service levels
Building and nurturing key customer relationships, with monthly / bi-monthly meetings
· Working with the Customer Planner to ensure:
Sales order & sample order processing is done in a timely manner.
Resolving shortages/credit note requests in a timely manner.
Dealing with customer queries in a professional manner.
Ensure that Intercompany orders are raised on time.
Sales orders are invoiced off on time.
Cover for Customer Planner holidays
· Key Point of contact for all Export Customer orders
Ensuring that the correctly dated stock is picked.
Liaising with the customer and customer haulier to arrange collections.
Ensuring that the relevant paperwork is completed ahead of collection.
· Responsibility for Red Star’s Chep Pallet Management
Working with 3PLs to obtain information on stock holding of Chep pallets and number of pallets that have been delivered to customers.
Uploading on a weekly basis to the Chep portal of all stock movements
Regular reviews with the Finance Director & Supply Chain Manager to review efficiencies.
· Working knowledge of the GB Trade
· Proven track record of working in a fast-paced commercial organization
· Experience in working with a proven S&OP system
· Dynamic, flexible, driven & motivated personality
· Confident IT skills, particularly Excel
· Company pension
· 36.5 hours per week
· 25 Days Annual Leave & 8 GB Public Holidays
Want to submit an application? Please forward your CV to email@example.com
After celebrating success in the Scottish wholesale category, a vodka-based ready-to-drink (RTD) popular with Gen Z consumers, has recently relocated its premises and distribution centre to The Central Belt in Scotland.
The move by Four Loko aims to reduce food miles, support Scottish business and improve the wholesale service by reducing fulfilment times and offering rapid delivery.
It follows other recent milestones achieved by the RTD, including winning the Scottish Wholesalers Association 2023 Achievers Award, for the ‘Project Wholesale’ category, just 18 months after its launch in the UK.
The awards took place on 23rd February at the O2 Academy in Edinburgh, and highlighted best practice, outstanding performance and innovation across all areas of the wholesale trade in Scotland.
Since its launch in the UK in 2021, Four Loko has sold five million cans, expanded its range, and contributed £5.6 million to the category in Scotland*. Distributed across the country by Red Star Brands, it is the fastest selling RTD in the market and 2nd biggest RTD brand in Scotland**
Clark McIlroy, managing director at Red Star Brands said: “When we first launched Four Loko to the UK in 2021, we were excited to revive the dwindling RTD market with a newer, fuller flavoured rival, bringing provenance from America and acting as an exciting novelty to our Gen Z audience.
“Safe to say that the novelty hasn’t worn off, especially with Scottish consumers, who have remained Four Loko’s biggest fans over the years, so it made perfect sense to move the distribution and keep freight costs down for our biggest wholesale clients.”
Available in all Scottish wholesalers, Four Loko’s initial range of Blue, Fruit Punch, Gold and Sour Apple later expanded with the additions of Strawberry Lemonade, Tropical, and for a limited time in 2022, Sour Blue Razz, with further flavours launching later this year.
Andy Ferguson, business development manager in Scotland, added: “We are absolutely delighted to win a Scottish Wholesalers Association 2023 Achievers Award for Four Loko, which is something our team has been gaining traction on for several years now, thanks to the region’s leading independent wholesalers.
“The success seen with the Scottish market is second to none and we know this is because of the growing desire from consumers who crave fuller flavoured RTDs that don’t contain any energy stimulants; rather than hard seltzers which lack the flavour and taste that Scots are seeking.”
*IRI Central and North Scotland 30.10.22
** IRI Total Market 52 weeks 22.01.23
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